Miro Forestry Company

West Africa,Africa Food and agriculture

Miro Forestry is a sustainable forestry and timber business with plantations in Ghana and Sierra Leone, West Africa.

The company was founded, and began planting, in late 2010. It now has 9,800 hectares of standing forest established through its own planting activities.

Our investment

In 2015, CDC committed to invest $15 million into Miro Forestry, and have subsequently made loans of $2 million.

Alongside Finnfund, the Finnish DFI and other investors, our investment to date has supported Miro in establishing more than 6,000 hectares of eucalyptus and teak plantation, equivalent to roughly 5.4 million trees.

Expected impact

Growing demand for timber in West Africa, as well as globally, has meant that the region experiences rising timber imports and prices. Poor supervision of forested regions and a lack of sustainably grown forests have led to significant illegal felling in both Sierra Leone and Ghana. At the current rate of deforestation, forests in Ghana alone could completely disappear in less than 25 years.

Businesses such as Miro, that operate to high sustainability standards, can help to reduce climate change and provide lasting employment to people living nearby.

Miro employs 1,500 people at its plantations in Sierra Leone and Ghana. With each of these employees typically supporting a further seven people, it’s estimated that the company supports 10,500 people in total. The vast majority live in deprived rural areas, where there are few other opportunities for formal employment.

By leasing the land directly from villages and paying them a proportion of income from harvesting, the company has also had a major financial impact on the lives of people in these communities. For example, people in the village of Ranola used the money to build concrete block and steel homes, replacing the wood and thatch buildings where they previously lived.

Environmental and social aspects

Miro Forestry has achieved Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for both its Ghana and Sierra Leone plantations.

We worked closely with the Miro Forestry team to help the team achieve the standard.

We continue to help the company develop long-term strategies to support community development and employee training.

Key facts

Status:
Active
Region

Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.

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Africa, West Africa
Sector

We have seven priority sectors. However, we continue to invest outside these sectors, largely in the most challenging regions, as new investment supporting any sector helps to underpin the private sector, and create jobs and livelihoods for people.

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Food and agriculture
Website:
http://www.miroforestry.com/
Investment type

We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).

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Direct Equity
Start date

For direct investments, this is the date CDC committed capital to the business or project.

For funds, this is the date that CDC committed capital to the fund.

For underlying fund investments, this is the date that the fund invested capital into the business.e

:
March 2015
Amount

For direct investments, this is the total amount that CDC has committed to the business or project (it may be a combination of equity and debt).

For funds, this is the total amount that CDC has committed to the fund.

:
$26.85m
Domicile

This is the investee company’s place of incorporation; or a fund’s jurisdiction.

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United Kingdom